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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffThe_Emperor_Of_Television Date: May 15, 2012 2:18am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: What's the oldest live TV series for which a complete run exists on kinescope?

One of the oldest series for which a near-complete run survives is "Admiral Broadway Revue", which aired on NBC and was simulcast on DuMont for several months in 1949. The following episodes are known to survive:
January 28, 1949 - Series Premier
February 4, 1949 - Cross Country
February 11, 1949 - Show Business (Show Master)
February 19, 1949 - That's News
March 4, 1949 - Off The Beam
March 11, 1949 - Sky High
March 18, 1949 - World Cruise
March 25, 1949 - Signs of Spring
April 1, 1949 - This Time of Year
April 8, 1949 - Hollywood
April 11, 1949 - County Fair
April 15, 1949 - April Sun
April 22, 1949 - County Fair
April 29, 1949 - Sing In the New Day
May 6, 1949 - Someplace to Go
May 13, 1949 - Playtime
May 20, 1949 - Music on my Mind
May 27, 1949 - Hotel Paradise
June 3, 1949 - Encore


As mentioned in a previous thread, a large number of kinescopes survive of "The Morey Amsterdam Show", a 1948-1950 comedy-variety series that started on CBS before moving to DuMont.

The following survives:

CBS episodes:
1948-??-??
1948-12-24
1949-01-31
1949-03-18

DuMont episodes:
1949-04-21
1949-04-27
1949-05-05
1949-05-12
1949-05-19
1949-05-26
1949-06-02
1949-06-09
1949-06-16
1949-06-23
1949-06-30
1949-07-07
1949-07-14
1949-07-21
1949-07-28
1949-08-04
1949-08-11
1949-08-25
1949-09-01
1949-09-08
1949-09-15
1949-09-15
1949-09-22
1949-09-29
1949-10-13
1949-10-20
1949-10-27
1949-11-03
1949-11-10
1949-11-17
1949-11-24
1949-12-01
1949-12-08
1949-12-15
1949-12-22
1949-12-29
1950-01-05
1950-01-12
1950-01-19
1950-01-26
1950-03-02
1950-03-09
1950-03-16
1950-03-23
1950-03-30
1950-04-06
1950-04-13
1950-04-27
1950-05-04
1950-05-11
1950-05-18
1950-05-25
1950-06-01
1950-06-08
1950-06-15
1950-06-22
1950-06-29
1950-07-06
1950-07-13
1950-07-20
1950-07-27
1950-08-03
1950-08-10
1950-08-17
1950-08-24 (suffers from Mild stage 1 acetate deterioration. However, it has been transfered to VHS tape...which somehow, doesn't ease my worries)
1950-08-31
1950-09-07
1950-09-14
1950-09-21
1950-09-28
1950-10-05
1950-10-12

However, while a near-complete run exists, it is not 100% complete.

There was a failed ABC series called "Let There Be Stars" from 1949 that lasted a very VERY short time. Seven episodes survive (along with a "rough rehearsal kinescope" of 1 episode). How many episodes did it air for? If it was seven, then it'd be the oldest for which a complete run exists.

Of course, one-off experiments like that 1948 "Breakfast Club" episode do not count.


(on an off-topic note, I do not understand the US system of putting the month before the day number)

This post was modified by The_Emperor_Of_Television on 2012-05-15 09:18:53

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